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Tue, Jun 15, 2021

What does the Arab Street think of China and Russia? The answers may surprise you.

Are perceptions about China and Russia shared by MENA elites and the public? Building on previous posts that analyzed MENA’s interests in engaging these states, we answer these questions by examining polling data across MENA and within particular states.

MENASource by Li-Chen Sim and Lucille Greer

China Middle East

Mon, Jun 14, 2021

Narcos: Syria edition—and what the US can do about it

Little-consumed outside the Middle East, captagon—also known as the “poor man’s cocaine”—has proliferated, owing to an industrial boom centered predominantly in war-torn Syria, where the embattled regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad now relies on narcotics as a financial lifeline.

MENASource by Ian Larson

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Fri, Jun 11, 2021

Can AgriTech entrepreneurs save the Middle East’s food supply?

On June 9, the Atlantic Council’s GeoTech Center and empowerME Initiative hosted a private, on-the-record roundtable. Read the key takeaways.

GeoTech Cues by Hezha Barzani and Matthew Goodman

Energy & Environment Energy Transitions

Experts

Content

Fri, Jun 18, 2021

How Russia, China, and Iran will shape Afghanistan’s future

Each country in the region has specific interests that influence its engagement in Afghanistan’s future, and the relations of regional powers demonstrate the realpolitik at play.

New Atlanticist by Nilofar Sakhi

Afghanistan China

Wed, Jun 16, 2021

Dagres in The Guardian: “Iran’s next president will ride a wave of voter apathy into power”

In the News by Atlantic Council

Elections Iran

Wed, Jun 16, 2021

Ferziger in Foreign Policy: “Climate Policies Could Hand Power and Profits Back to OPEC”

In the News by Atlantic Council

Climate Change & Climate Action Energy & Environment

Wed, Jun 16, 2021

State of the Order: Assessing May 2021

The State of the Order breaks down the month's most important events impacting the democratic world order.

Blog Post

Africa Belarus

Wed, Jun 16, 2021

Katz in the Hill: “Who benefits — buyer or seller — from gas pipelines and dependency relationships?”

In the News by Atlantic Council

Geopolitics & Energy Security Middle East

Tue, Jun 15, 2021

What does the Arab Street think of China and Russia? The answers may surprise you.

Are perceptions about China and Russia shared by MENA elites and the public? Building on previous posts that analyzed MENA’s interests in engaging these states, we answer these questions by examining polling data across MENA and within particular states.

MENASource by Li-Chen Sim and Lucille Greer

China Middle East

Tue, Jun 15, 2021

Slavin in ISPI: “Us-Iran Ties Far Off Even if the JCPOA Is Restored”

In the News by Atlantic Council

Elections Iran

Tue, Jun 15, 2021

The JCPOA but not much else: Modest expectations for US-Iran relations post Rouhani

For the US and Iran, an Ebrahim Raisi presidency could portend not much beyond a return to a 2015 nuclear agreement that traded limited sanctions relief for time-bound curbs on Iran’s nuclear activities.

IranElections2021 by Barbara Slavin

Elections Iran

Tue, Jun 15, 2021

The 5×5—The state of cybersecurity in the Middle East

How will recent developments in the Middle East affect cybersecurity cooperation, and what does the future of the region’s cyber landscape look like?

The 5×5 by Simon Handler

Cybersecurity Iran

Mon, Jun 14, 2021

Expert React: The key takeaways from the Biden-Erdoğan Meeting

US President Joe Biden and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan met on the sidelines of the NATO Summit in Brussels on June 14 for the first time since Biden's election. Atlantic Council experts offer their reactions on the meeting and its key takeaways.

TURKEYSource by Atlantic Council IN TURKEY

Conflict Defense Technologies

Events

Mon, Jun 21, 2021

What Iran’s election results portend

Online Event Following the June 18 presidential elections in Iran, a panel of experts discuss the political landscape and the ballot’s regional and international implications.

12:00pm ONLINE EVENT Elections Iran Middle East Politics & Diplomacy